Last modified on Nov 18, 2022 in Plugins
By Nathan Young
Managing a Minecraft server can be a challenging feat, as players can cause lag by a various amount of in-game activities. One of these is having too many entities at a singular location, causing gameplay-related problems for all players. This scenario can happen on any type of server, whether it’s factions or skyblock. Solving mob lag could involve lots of technical work, leading some people to search for simpler solutions. Luckily, Minecraft 1.16 and above servers that use Paper or other Bukkit variants can implement the StackMob plugin to reduce lag. Using this forces mobs into a stacked entity, meaning you can have hundreds of mobs that only appear as one. It’s an extremely useful plugin that lowers stress on your server, combined with its flexibility to give you more functionality control. Keeping this in mind, let’s learn how to install and use the StackMob plugin on your Minecraft server in this Apex Hosting tutorial.
- Navigate to StackMob on Spigot and press
- Save this file somewhere easily accessible on your computer.
- Head towards your Apex server panel, then click
FTP File Accessnear the top left.
Note: Make sure to be using the correct server profile for this installation.
- Login with your password and enter into the
- Afterward, continue to select
Uploadnear the top left corner.
- Drag and drop the plugin’s file into the respective area, then wait for it to reach
- Once it’s finished, return to the main panel and
Restartthe server to enable it.
- Join and use the /plugins command to confirm if the plugin was installed.
Note: This should display “StackMob” as green in the list, meaning it worked.
How to Use StackMob
Upon installing the plugin on your server, there should be noticeable changes. For instance, some or all your entities will be stacked, but isn’t always the case. This is due to the plugin’s default settings in the configuration, which is editable through our easy-to-use panel. Almost all StackMob features are in the config, as the main functionality is backend tasks. However, there is a unique tool to use for stacking mobs and minor commands to improve quality of life in-game.
As previously mentioned, the configuration carries most of the plugin’s features. These range from setting the max stack size to disabling specific mobs from stacking. With this in mind, we’re going to review how to access and edit the settings. Additionally, you can use our suggested options to see if that’ll work best for your server.
- Navigate towards the
pluginsdirectory from the
FTP File Accessarea, in your server panel.
- Locate and select the
StackMobfolder, then press
Editfor the config.yml file.
- You may now begin making changes to the plugin’s settings.
- Afterward, click
Saveat the top and return to the server panel.
- From here, continue to
Restartand join the game to confirm it worked.
Alternative: Use the /sm reload command in-game to apply the changes.
max-size: 15 on-spawn: true SINGLE: priority: 1 STEP: priority: 2 types-whitelist: - ZOMBIE - SKELETON - ZOMBIFIED_PIGLIN - CREEPER - ENDERMAN - PIG - COW - CHICKEN
An alternative method for stacking mobs is setting custom parameters for desired entities. This can be extremely useful if you encounter inconveniences from the plugin, as you control the stack size per mob. Inside of the
config.yml file, you can find these settings at the bottom. Once it’s set up, it’ll override the default value and only apply to that entity. Otherwise, you may play around with other options in the file to get exactly what you need.
Instead of waiting around for mobs to stack, you can use this stacking tool. This is only obtainable through the /sm tool command, which is for admins or players with authorized access. It works by
right-clicking the entity, but you’ll need to set a mode first by
shift + right-clicking.
There are six modes to choose from:
modify. They are mainly self explanatory, as slicing a stacked mob will withdraw one from the stack. The best type to use is “modify”, allowing you to manually change the mob’s amount. Any of these help with preventing players from lagging the server by entities.
There aren’t too many commands to use in-game, but each of them are important for managing the plugin. For example, after making changes to some settings, using the reload function will apply them without a server restart. Others include forcefully stacking mobs, spawning stacked entities, among other helpful commands. Players don’t have access to these by default, but becoming a server operator will change that. Alternatively, if you use LuckPerms or another similar plugin to manage permission nodes, they’ll become available to use.
|/sm about||stackmob.admin||Shows information about StackMob.|
|/sm forcestack||stackmob.admin||Forces all loaded entities into a stack.|
|/sm reload||stackmob.admin||Reloads the plugin to apply config changes.|
|/sm remove||stackmob.admin||Remove specific entities and the number of their stacks.|
|/sm spawn||stackmob.admin||Spawn a new stacked entity.|
|/sm stats||stackmob.admin||Displays the plugin’s statistics.|
|/sm tool||stackmob.admin||Give your character the stacking tool.|
|/sm update||stackmob.admin||Checks for any recent plugin update.|
|/sm upgrade||stackmob.admin||Automatically upgrade the plugin to the latest version.|
Plugin Not Working
If after installing the plugin and it doesn’t work, double-check your server’s version or type. It must be above Minecraft 1.16 and for Paper, Spigot, or other Bukkit types. Otherwise, it could be that the plugin’s version is outdated or problematic. In this case, find another compatible variant on its
Version History page to download and use. Although, sometimes the plugin might have been uploaded to the wrong server profile. Make sure to upload this into the correct one so it can successfully load.
Changes Aren’t Applying
When making config changes, make sure to
Save the file and either
Restart the server or use /sm reload in-game. This will apply everything you edited, but in rare cases won’t apply due to a number of reasons. For instance, using the incorrect format or value for a setting results in the problem. A popular issue is using capitalization or missing spaces for options, so ensure this isn’t happening for you.
StackMob on Spigot
How to Add Plugins to a Minecraft Server
How to Become a Server Operator